June 23, 2015 | Quote

Obama’s Big Data Dilemma: How to Sanction Cyberthieves

The Obama administration has found itself surrounded by critics for not doing enough to keep the federal government's data secure, despite taking executive actions to shore up the nation's electronic trove.

Calls from Capitol Hill for Obama to do more about the problem and make heads roll grew louder when the administration acknowledged that the Office of Personnel Management was actually hit twice by hackers since December, and not just once as previously revealed.


Pasi Eronen, a cyberexpert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the administration unquestionably has taken good steps to bolster cybersecurity, but he said being even more proactive is the key.

“One cannot expect to stay safe just by investing in more and better defenses, raising higher walls,” he said. “Someone will always figure a way to break through, climb over or dig under the defenses. Thus it would be important to change the attitude from being reactive to proactive, to begin shaping the events and the environment,” Eronen added.


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